Our researchers and PhD candidates at UiS

CIAM is proud to have within its network some of the leading and most dedicated researchers in their fields with vast reservoirs of knowledge and experience gathered over the decades from the academic and industrial world.

  • Professor Jan Frick

    Professor Jan Frick

    Jan Frick is a Professor at the UIS Business School, University of Stavanger. His main interests are in Industrial Engineering /Operation Management /Entrepreneurship and the application in Industry. 

    He has previously worked at research institutions such as SINTEF, Rogaland Research Institute and other collaborative industrial institutions. Prof. Frick has managed several Norwegian and international research projects and coordinated industrial collaboration networks. He is also manager of Beinesdalen Utvikling AS.

  • Professor Jayantha P. Liyanage

    Professor Jayantha P. Liyanage

    Jayantha P. Liyanage is a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger. Mr. Liyanage is also the chair at the Collaborative Competence Cluster on Industrial Asset Management.

    Professor Liyanage has backgrounds in production engineering, ergonomics and offshore technology. He serves in the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers (Stavanger Chapter), as the Co-coordinator of the European Network for Strategic Engineering Asset Management (EURENSEAM), and is a Founding Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM). He is actively involved in joint industry projects both at advisory and managerial capacities, and also currently serves as the principal and external advisor for a number of PhD projects.

  • Professor Chunming Rong

    Professor Chunming Rong

    Chunming Rong is a Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger. He is also the Director at the Center of IP-based Services Innovation (CIPSI) at the University of Stavanger.

    His research interests include security and privacy, scalable and data intensive computing, mobile computing and semantic technology. Professor Rong is been awarded numerous awards and sits as a board member in several national and international associations. To bridge industrial collaborations, he currently serves in the workgroup for Information security in Integrated Operation at the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF). He is also appointed as the POSC Caesar Association (PCA) Research Coordinator for China. He co-authored a book titled “Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.

  • Idriss El-Thalji

    Idriss El-Thalji, Associate Professor

    Idriss El-Thalji is an Associate Professor in Industrial asset management, University of Stavanger. His main interests are in Predictive Health monitoring/ Wear evolution modelling/ Systems Engineering, dynamics modelling and industrial simulation/ and Technology in society. 

    He has previously worked as Research Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and has involved in several Nordic e.g. vindforsk and European research projects. He has BSc in Industrial Engineering (University of Jordan), MSc in Maintenance Engineering (Växjö University, Sweden), Licentiate of technology in Systems Dependability Engineering (Linnaeus University, Sweden) and Doctoral degree of technology in Predictive health monitoring from Tampere University of technology, Finland.

  • Knut Erik Bang

    Knut Erik Bang, Associate Professor

    Knut E. Bang is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Stavanger. He has a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a PhD on the effects of globalization on companies’ competitive situation.

    The focus of his research is on competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Professor Reidar B. Bratvold

    Professor Reidar B. Bratvold

    Reidar B. Bratvold is a professor of Petroleum Investment and Decision Analysis at the University of Stavanger.

    He is also a chief scientist at IRIS- International Research Institute of Stavanger. His expertise areas are in Decision Analysis, Value-of-Information Analysis, Real Option Valuation, Portfolio Analysis, Behavioral Issues in Decision making, Geostatistics, Probability and Statistics.

  • Professor Mohsen Assadi

    Professor Mohsen Assadi

    Mohsen Assadi is a Professor in Natural Gas Technology at the University of Stavanger.

    He is also Professor and Head of Thermal Power Engineering, Department of Energy Sciences, University of Lund, Sweden. Professor Assadi also serves as Research Leader at International Research Institute of Stavanger.

  • Professor Ove njå, UIS

    Professor Ove Njå

    Ove Njå is professor of Risk and Emergency Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) (2000-). Njå is a Principle Researcher at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). He is a visiting professor at Stord/Haugesund University College. His professional career includes 5 years in the civil engineering industry, 10 years in the petroleum industry and more than 15 years in research and education. Njå has participated in and led a large number of research projects, comprising risk analysis, risk analysis methods, risk acceptance, risk management, emergency preparedness, emergency response performance and crisis management.

    Ove Njå has played a key role in the development of the educational programmes at master and Ph.D level in societal safety at the University of Stavanger.  He has been opponent to thirteen Ph.D dissertations. Njå is currently supervising 5 doctoral students in risk and safety, and 7 have finalised their work.

  • Hirpa Gelgele Lemu, Professor, UIS

    Professor Hirpa Gelgele Lemu

    Hirpa G. Lemu is a Professor of Mechanical Design Engineering at Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger.

    He has MSc and PhD within computer-integrated design and manufacturing from NTNU. His current research interests focus on, among others,  simulation-based design optimization, geometrical tolerances in design, multi-body dynamics simulation, material modeling, rapid prototyping and design for additive manufacturing and numerical simulation data management.  Professor Lemu has a wide range of contact network with industries in the region and is involved in a number of collaborative projects with international partners.

  • Professor Ove Tobias Gudmestad

    Professor Ove Tobias Gudmestad

    Ove T. Gudmestad is a Professor of Marine Technology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Stavanger where he has been lecturing since 1994.

    His research interests are among others marine operations with emphasis on risk related issues as well as engineering and operations in cold climate. Further, he is an Adjoint Professor of Cold climate engineering at University of Tromsø.

  • Professor Dimitrios Pavlou, UIS

    Professor Dimitrios Pavlou

    Dimitrios Pavlou is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science at UIS. In 2014 he was elected a full member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. He has had 20 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of Fracture Mechanics, Damage Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Composite Materials, Dynamics and Vibrations, Finite Element Method (FEM), and Boundary Element Method (BEM).

    Prof. Pavlou has published many research publications and authored/edited five books and conference proceedings. He is a reviewer in more than 18 international journals, editor of an international journal, member of the editorial board of three journals, guest editor for special issues, and has participated as a plenary speaker and session chair in many international conferences. Today he is a Research Group Leader (Faggruppeleder) of the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Group.

  • Ph D Candidate Ole-Erik Vestøl Endrerud

    Ole-Erik Vestøl Endrerud, PhD Candidate

    Ole-Erik completed his first MSc degree in industrial asset management by June 2012, and is currently finishing his second MSc degree, in marine- and subsea technology, both at the University of Stavanger. His main research topic has been integrated operations in the offshore oil and gas industry, and he wants to extent this topic to the offshore wind energy sector.

    Title: Operational infrastructure and work management systems for offshore wind energy assets

  • Thorvald F. Gundersen

    Thorvald F. Gundersen, Doctoral Candidate

    Thorvald holds a Master’s degree in Logistics from Molde University College from 2000. He has worked in an international industry since 1997 and have since 2007 held the position of senior scientist in Polytec R&D Institute. In Polytec he has worked on contract research for industry focusing on innovation processes and business development both within start ups and established industrial companies.

    Title: Decision Quality in Integrated Operations

  • Muhammad Ahmad Tauqeer, Stipendiat

    Muhammad Ahmad Tauqeer, Research fellow

    Muhammad has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s in offshore technology. He has also taken additional courses and trainings related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

    His research's objective is to develop a generalized framework that can be applied in different technology-based industries that assists in generating innovation opportunities within the products, services and business processes of these industries.

    Title: Innovation in technology-based services.

  • Pengyu Zhu, PhD Candidate

    Pengyu Zhu, Research fellow

    Pengyu acquired a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yantai University in China, and a MSc degree in Offshore Technology-Industrial Asset Management in Unversity of Stavanger in Norway.  He has several years of experiences on hull structure design, EPC project management, and offshore facility risk analysis. His main research areas now include data interoperability and integration, and decision-making in oil and gas industry.

    Title: Optimization of Business Critical Processes through An Effective Decision-making process

  • Helge Nordal, Stipendiat

    Helge Nordal, Research Fellow

    Helge has his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund with the Bachelor's thesis on “Optimization of the cleaning process of plate heat exchangers: A case study in FMC Biopolymer”. He then took up his Masters degree in Offshore Technology - Industrial Asset Management at the University of Stavanger. His master’s thesis title was: “Model of optimizing test frequencies and ensuring compliance of safety integrity level requirement of emergency shutdown systems based on condition monitoring: A case study in Gassco”

    Title: Intelligent maintenance systems based on Modelling and simulation in Industry 4.0